The Puperita Catch a Crab Top is a fantastic pattern for the summer and one that would be perfect for days on the beach. Upon purchasing the pattern you receive two different options – the tank top (pattern A) is designed to be a looser fit, while the racer back (pattern B) is a bit more feminine and sporty. I opted to make the racer back pattern for this review.
What I Loved
- Photo instructions are available for every step.
- Layers are available for the PDF file so you only need to print the size you need. This pattern runs from newborn to age 10.
- The design of this pattern is just lovely. It’s super effective when complete.
- Very little fabric is required – just 0.5 metres from newborn to age 4.
- The lady who designs the Puperita patterns is lovely and always available to help if you have any questions.
What Wasn’t So Great
- Nothing – I love everything about this pattern.
- When adding the cuffs to the arm holes, you can’t do a traditional quartering on the garment as the front is much longer than the back. It’s just worth keeping in mind so the fabric doesn’t gather unevenly.
The Puperita Catch a Crab top may just be my favourite design for the summer. The arm cuffs do take a little bit of getting used to but nothing in this pattern is difficult, and the instructions are really clear. My 20 month old looks lovely in the finished outfit, and I imagine it will look just as good on older kids as well.
The Puperita Catch a Crab requires a stretch fabric such as cotton jersey or interlock, and ribbing is required for the cuffs and neckband. The cuffs can be done with jersey too although you may need to make them longer. The PDF version can be purchased from Etsy for £5.40. It is available in sizes newborn to age 10.